The Sickling Phenomenon of Deer Erythrocytes

  • Hyram Kitchen
  • W. Jape Taylor
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 28)


The sickling phenomenon exhibited in erythrocytes of most members of the Cervidae might easily have been dismissed as an interesting biological curiosity were it not for the discovery of very similar erythrocyte forms associated with sickle cell anemia, a severe and sometimes fatal blood dyscrasia in man (1, 2), (see Figure 1). Although the sickling of deer erythrocytes was reported seventy years earlier, not until 1910 did Herrick describe this syndrome in man (3).


Sickle Cell Alpha Chain Beta Chain Multiple Amino Acid Deer Species 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyram Kitchen
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. Jape Taylor
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Laboratory Animal Resources and Department of BiochemistryMichigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, The J. Hillis Miller Health CenterUniversity of FloridaUSA

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